Cyclone Yaas’ landfall around Balasore with wind up to 185 kmph; 145 kmph gusty wind in Khurda likely

Bhubaneswar: Cyclonic Storm Yaas over Bay of Bengal is likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar Island around Balasore, during noon of 26th May as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted today.

It further predicted that wind speed reaching 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph likely to prevail along and off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts, and 90-120 kmph gusting to 145 kmph over Khurda and Puri districts at the time of landfall.

“Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is prevailing over north Bay of Bengal and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal along and off north Andhra Pradesh–Odisha–West Bengal Bangladesh coasts. It would increase gradually becoming 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from 25th May forenoon,” a bulletin of the IMD issued at 2.30 PM said.

“It would further increase becoming gale wind speed 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph from 26th May early hours over northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off West Bengal & north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts. It would gradually increase further becoming 90-100 gusting to 110 kmph from 26th May early hours and increase thereafter becoming 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph over northwest Bay of Bengal along & off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore & east Medinipur districts, 90-120 kmph gusting to 145 kmph over Khurda, Puri, South & North 24 Parganas, west Medinipur, Howrah & Hooghly districts, 70-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph over Jhargram, Nadia, Bankura, 60-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph over Ganjam, Gajapati and 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts at the time of landfall,” the bulletin added.

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